Science for Early Years on a Budget

I’m very aware that many nurseries, schools and other childcare providers often don’t have a have a huge amount of money to spend on resources, so with that in mind I’ve put together a fun collection of very low cost science activities perfect for Early Years Foundation Stage.

This waterproofing activity just uses scrap paper. If you wanted a slightly more exciting version you could make boats from egg cartons to waterproof, or even a GIANT boat using a big cardboard box.

early years science


This simple early coding/logic building activity just uses a blindfold and some masking tape.

Ice painting is a lovely, sensory experience for even very little ones.

Use a cardboard box to make ramps with different gradients to race cars down, can you record the time taken for each?

Test objects from around the house to see if they sink or float?

LEgo sinking and floating

Make a super simple colour mixing wheel to learn about primary and secondary colours.

Make a tin can phone with some old tin cans.

How about a magnet, sensory bottle for introducing magnetism?

Make a density, sensory bottle using just oil and coloured water.

Learn about push/pull and stretching forces with homemade play dough and some props from the garden.

Halloween Play dough

Try some garden measuring with just a ruler.

Make a rain gauge from a plastic bottle.

Grow vegetables from seed recording their growth weekly, you could even cook with them once fully grown.

Work out how many feet tall you are.

Make simple patterns with LEGO.

DUPLO Patterns

We love this counting machine from The Imagination Tree.

Make fruity boats with leftover lemons, do they float? What happens if you add extra weight to them?

Learn about filtering using paper towels.

Or, how about a setting up a low cost chemistry lab with simple kitchen ingredients.


Science for early years on a budget

Lots more ideas coming soon!

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